D-FORD Senior Communication Designer

Location: Palo Alto, California US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 7051

External Description: At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow's transportation.

Communication Designers are the clarifying voice, an integrative and ordering force that shapes our work and makes its purpose clear to the world. Communication Design plays a critical role in our dynamic, interdisciplinary teams. Using storytelling, design systems, brand and tone, you will help weave a common thread through the work we do, for our teams at Ford as well as for the outside world.

What you'll be able to do - As a Communication Designer ...

  • Craft persuasive presentations and experience prototypes across a range of design media
  • Help uncover insights about our customers and tell their stories, so they resonate with decision makers
  • Integrate multiple points of view from a multidisciplinary team of creative professionals and subject matter experts in the business into your work
  • Design prototypes that help tell a project's story, enabling co-creation and collaboration among teams
  • Attend to the small details of design work while articulating the big picture vision that connects the customer, our designs and the business strategy
  • Feel comfortable with brand identity, typography, composition, information hierarchy, and visual and verbal design for screens, print and storytelling
  • Stay up to speed on communication trends to bring real-world inspiration to our work, so we are always pushing the edge of what is possible
  • Always push your craft, experimenting with new and better ways to convey a message through visual or verbal tone
  • Thrive on solving problems in an ambiguous and complex environment

** NOTE: Please include a link to your portfolio in your resume **

The minimum requirements we seek:
  • Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, Communication Design or New Media
  • 5+ years of professional design experience
  • 2+ years experienceusing human-centered design, design thinking principles or methods in a formal, in-person setting

Our preferred qualifications:
  • Passionate to participate in building the future of transportation
  • Extensive experience across a variety of media (print, motion, web) including fluency in the following software: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Sketch, Figma, Keynote, Microsoft Office
  • Experience of designing and/or facilitating group collaboration workshops
  • Particular depth in at least one of the following dimensions Communication Design craft:
    • Strategic storytelling: copywriting, product messaging, digital marketing, PR, social media, journalism, etc.
    • Video or other time-based media (e.g. Adobe Premier Pro, motion graphics, cinematography, film production, editing, etc.)
    • Systems thinking: design of processes, flows, diagrams, algorithms, ecologies, etc.
    • Visual interaction design: creating beautiful and systemic screen-based interactions


A bit about us
We're in the midst of the biggest change the automotive industry has ever seen.

Just as cars changed the world over the last century - creating the driver, highways, gas stations, and malls - self-driving cars, electric powertrains, and connected vehicles will radically reshape how we live, work, and play, our cities and society themselves, in the next hundred years.

At D-Ford, you'll be at the heart of creating that future. You'll be at the cutting edge of Ford's most strategically critical work, designing people and society's needs into the heart of our next generation of products, services and experiences.
You'll also be designing at scale. Every day, Ford's vehicles and services support millions of people around the world. So, at D-Ford, we're not just inventing the future, we're operationalizing it, to help all those people move through their lives, better.

We drive human progress through empathy, creativity, and design.

Our ways of working are our guiding light, and the conscience for our work, and our people. We're looking for people who share this way of being - you don't need to be convinced of it, you just get it:
    We are curious about the world, designing systems and connections that enable people to move more freely.
    We are inspired by the people around us, bringing their unique stories to the forefront of our designs.
    We provoke new ways of thinking about tomorrow's toughest design challenges, while grounded in what's possible.
    We build in the open, rigorously testing, iterating and evolving our ideas with others.
    We radically collaborate across teams, geographies, and philosophies, uncovering new insights to tomorrow's problems.
    Our strength comes from bringing our whole selves to the community-from introspective to playful or quirky. What will you bring?

    We don't hire "Design Thinkers." We hire T-people. You:
  • Have deep expertise in a craft
  • Are comfortable working in relatively flat and dynamic teams
  • Are passionate to work on ambiguous and complex future challenges
  • Have a collaborative and empathetic mindset to solve problems with teams across Ford

What you will receive in return
As part of the Ford family, you'll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You'll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we'd love to have you join us.

Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, TN visa holders may be considered.

By choice, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

For information on Ford's salary and benefits, please visit: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/co rporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2021- benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-4.pdf

Job Number: 50803BR

Community / Marketing Title: D-FORD Senior Communication Designer

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